Acne Tips

It's a four-letter word. No need to swear, though! Learn acne tips, it's causes and treatments, and you'll be well-equipped to rid your skin of this condition.

Acne affects just about everyone — almost all adolescents, half of all adult women and 25% of all the adults. It's not your fault, but it is important to begin a skincare treatment as soon as it first appears because if you “nip it in the bud” there's less chance that later on you'll experience any permanent damage to your skin.

If you do end up having permanent scarring on your skin, there may possibly be an acne scar treatment available to you, to help repair or minimize the damage. Whether you have hypertrophic, "boxcar" or "ice pick" type scars, there's probably a treatment that's right for you. There are many different methods in use including laser, surgery, dermal fillers and microdermabrasion


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Probably one of the most important acne tips is to keep your hands off your face. Be very conscious of when you're watching TV, reading a book, etc. Where are your hands? Are you resting your chin in them or using them to prop up your head? Bacteria from your hands can easily get onto your face this way and contribute to blocked pores.

One frequently asked question I receive is "How do I get rid of forehead acne?" so here are some tips on that:

If you wear hats, the hatband might be contributing to the problem. Try going hat-free (and sweatband-free) for awhile and see how that works. Hair sprays and gels might also be the cause, as can some prescription medications. Try a shampoo formulated for oily hair, as oil (sebum) that starts out on your scalp can make it's way to the forehead. Also, try pinning your bangs back when you sleep, if you wear your hair in bangs. Lastly, clean your hairbrush and/or comb, or buy new ones. Same thing goes for makeup brushes and applicators. They can get all clogged up with bacteria and oils.

Adults are Not Exempt

More than just an aesthetic nuisance, acne can greatly impact your quality of life, no matter what your age. As an adult, you hoped pimples and zits would be a thing of the past, but for many adults, they continue to affect otherwise healthy skin. For some, acne may be even worse in adulthood than adolescence. Adult acne can be particularly frustrating. Treatment that worked so well during the teen years is often ineffective.

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